Fire On Ice

03/30/2010 12:18 AM -  Evan Reynar

Valtteri Filppula is seeing an icetime and production increase this season.

Valtteri Filppula is seeing an icetime and production increase this season.

Valtteri Filppula, C, DET (48GP-11g-23a-34pts, with a +1 and 8 pp points)

Now that the Red Wings are playing with a full, healthy squad again, you can expect some of their secondary players to increase their production. Filppula–who was one of many Wings dealing with injuries this year–is probably your best bet. He’s been seeing a lot of ice-time with a red-hot Henrik Zetterberg and he just potted a 3-game streak in which he tallied an incredible 8 points (4g-4a), with a +8 rating. He is scoreless in his last two, but still a safe pick averaging over 20 minutes a game for the high-flying Wings.

Dennis Seidenberg, D, BOS (75GP-3g-28a-31pts, with a +6 and 9 pp points)

Seidenberg has been bouncing on and off waiver wires for a solid two seasons now thanks to a couple nice little hot streaks here and there, but a deadline deal from Carolina to Boston may result in a little bit more consistency. He’s got some decent offensive upside already, but having a new defensive partner in reigning Norris trophy holder Zdeno Chara should shore up those plus/minuses while adding some consistency on the offensive side. Seidenberg has 8 points (1g-7a) in 13 games with the Bruins, and is yet to post a minus game, going +9 over that span.

Jamie McBain, D, CAR 8GP-2g-4a-6pts, with a +3 and 3 pp points)

The ‘Canes must really like this guy. Just seven games in to his young career McBain is already averaging over 25 minutes a game, and that number continues to increase! I guess it helps when you register at least a point in each of your first four games. Look for Carolina to continue to give McBain development time as they ride out the season with no playoff hopes.

Paul Martin, D, NJ (16GP-2g-4a-6pts, with a +5 and 2 pp points)

Yet another solid defence option on the waiver wire this week as Martin makes a quiet return in New Jersey after missing 59 games with an arm injury. Martin was the Devils best defenceman last year and returns to a squad bolstered by the acquisition of Ilya Kovalchuk. He has 4 points (2g-2a) in 6 games since his return.

Brian Elliott, G, OTT (51GP-27W-7L-3OTL, with a 2.50 GAA and .911 SV%)

A bit of a no-brainer here after a spectacular four-win, two-shutout week for Elliott. The NHL’s first star of the week may be a long shot to be on your league’s waiver wire at this point, but he was on a lot of them a week ago, so you may want to take a quick looksy to see if you can catch your leaguemates sleeping.

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